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Best Practices report on activities of  Auxiliaries working to serve Arkansas hospitals.

PROGRAMS SUBMITTED FOR PRESENTATION AT THE BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP – AHAA CONVENTION – 2018

 Submitted by Baptist Health – NLR Auxiliary -  Metro District

 This project, which we call “Pennies Are Priceless”, was started many years ago by one of our volunteers.   His idea was a small, but simple way to raise money for the Auxiliary.  The goal or expectation was for all members of the Auxiliary to contribute – even if the amount raised was small.

 The idea was simple – have a large jar available in the Volunteer Office and at meetings and ask the membership to collect extra pennies from their pocket or purse and put in the jar.

 At a later date, we realized that we needed a more definite recipient to receive the money.  Every day we worked, we saw our hospital chaplains interacting with patients, their families, and hospital employees.  So many times, these people need some type of financial help, so we voted to give the proceeds of the Pennies Are Priceless jar to the chaplains’ fund.  The chaplains started sharing with us how the funds were used – from helping a patient get a bus ticket, help with prescriptions, help to pay a utility bill, and so many other ways.

 Every volunteer has the opportunity to contribute to this fund, so we have certainly achieved our goal.  I don’t know if this program is unique, but it has been successful for us for many years, and our Auxilians continue to contribute each year.

 Submitted by CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Auxiliary -  Metro District

 During the summer months of 2017, CHI Volunteer/Auxiliary manager, Juanita Carr, attended a number of required staff meetings.  At this time she became aware that employees, including administration, had personal problems and significant family or health issues affecting their lives on a daily basis.  Her response was that it would be beneficial to let others know they were thought about, and that gesture could make things better.

 This experience became the catalyst for what the auxiliary called the “Gratitude Project”.  Reaching out to individuals and department staff this small measure of kindness touched the lives of employees, who suddenly became aware that they were indeed thought about and appreciated by the auxiliary and volunteers.

 Baskets were designed with an approved budget of approximately $15.00 and were filled with healthy treats and fruit, colorfully wrapped, and delivered to appreciative and surprised individuals and groups.  Recipients have been chosen by the Auxiliary/Volunteer Managers.  This project has touched the lived of many staff members this year.

 Submitted by Saline Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – Metro District

 We were looking for a way to decorate a small tree in our gift shop at Christmas time.  We came up with the idea to decorate it with Christmas socks and for every pair we sold, we would donate a pair of socks to our local Women’s and Children’s Shelter.  We ordered cute Christmas socks from one of our vendors and decorated the tree. 

 We sold enough socks that we donated well over 100 pair of new socks!  Each volunteer that works in the gift shop helped in this project (approximately 11 volunteers).  We feel we achieved our goal and felt this was indeed a unique project.

 NOTE FROM the Leadership Committee:

This program could be expanded to cover other times of the year, such as Valentine’s Day, Easter, 4th of July, Back to School, etc.

 

 Submitted by W. P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary – Metro District

 1) What prompted the program?  Myeloma patients, who are usually at the Cancer Institute at UAMS for 3 – 5 days on their first visit, were going to up to 5 appointments on their first day at the Institute.  The appointments were spread out over the CI and UAMS campuses.

2) What were the goals and/or expectations of the program?  Less stress for the patients and a friendly guide/pal to help them through the first busy day of appointments and tests.

3)  How did you go about initiating the program?  We asked two seasoned volunteers to “pilot” the program.  They realized right away that it was a needed service and that the patients were so very grateful to have a friend who stayed with them that first day.

4) How does the program benefit the service recipients, the health care organization and/or the community?  The stress level is less for the patients and caregivers and it helps the clinics to have someone (volunteer) who is familiar with the campus and can get them from A to B, etc. in time for their next appointment.

5) How many volunteers were involved in starting and/or maintaining the program?  Two volunteers started and today we have 20 volunteers who provide this particular service.

6)  Did you achieve or exceed your goals for the program?  It exceeded our goals.  The patients enjoy the companionship, but also the guidance.

7) Is the program unique and/or innovative?  I don’t know that it is unique, but it certainly works for our Myeloma patients.

 Submitted by Baptist Health Medical Center – Heber Springs Auxiliary – North Central District

 Baptist Health Medical Center – Heber Springs Auxiliary has for many years sponsored several simple but effective practices to boost morale in our volunteers, to make meetings and membership more enjoyable, and to help our community.

First, to boost morale and make meetings more enjoyable, we select 1 volunteer in attendance at the monthly meeting to receive a $10.00 Gift Certificate from our gift shop.  This is usually done by having everyone write down a number to be matched as closely as possible to a previously determined number that has been written down.  When a member has been drawn for this gift, he/she will not be eligible to receive it again for the rest of the year.  Volunteers are thrilled to have their names drawn and often save the certificate for something special.  This would be effective with any auxiliary having a gift shop.

Another Community Service “Best Practice” for BHMC-HS Auxiliary is participating since its founding in the serving of meals at Breakin’ Bread, a local soup kitchen sponsored by a number of local churches.  These meals are provided free of charge to children, adults, and senior citizens who wish to come and enjoy the food and fellowship.  Two teams of 4 – 6 volunteers from our auxiliary prepare the dining hall, serve, and clean up after the meal is complete.  A schedule is drawn up several months in advance, and a core committee combined with various other auxilians participate to make Breakin’ Bread a huge success in our community.  This project could be duplicated in a church fellowship hall or Senior Citizen Center anywhere.

These two as well as other practices keep our auxilians at BHMC-HS on their toes to provide “All Our Best” to the Heber Springs and Cleburne County areas.

 Submitted by Baxter Regional Medical Center Auxiliary – North Central District

 One of the H.O.P.E. Committee responsibilities is planning the agenda for the Auxiliary General Meetings.  As the Christmas season was approaching, they began planning the Christmas auxiliary general meeting and discussed the donation project for the meeting.  The committee decided that since most organizations were collecting food for the local food bank we would like to do something different.  The committee compiled a list of local support organizations.  Members were assigned an organization to contact to compile a list of their needs.

The goal of the project was to determine which support organization had the greatest need AND that the needed items could be collected at the general meeting.  After discussion at the next committee meeting, the Care Center Ministries (CCM) was chosen.  CCM provides a home and work for both men and women recovering from alcohol and substance abuse.  These two homes are in constant need of donations for the basic supplies any home needs; like paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning products.

A description of the project and a list of the needs was included with the invitation to the Christmas general meeting that was mailed to all auxiliary members.  The auxiliary members were encouraged to bring as much as they wanted and as many items as they wanted to the meeting.  The meeting was attended by 100+ members and almost everyone brought a donation.  The donations were boxed and delivered by auxiliary volunteers to both the men’s and women’s houses.  Our hopes and expectations were far exceeded by the amount collected.  We received a letter from CCM expressing their appreciation for the much needed donations.  We will definitely consider another project like this for the Christmas meeting this year.

 Submitted by Ozark Health Auxiliary – North Central District

 Ozark Health Auxiliary has been supporting the local nursing center with their pet therapy.

 The program involves our paying vet bills, grooming and any special needs for the resident dogs.  We purchased a “thunder vest” for one of the dogs who is afraid of storms.

 As the dogs age and are ready to retire, we plan to help not only with the cost of finding and obtaining a replacement, but to assist with the required basic obedience training.

 The residents are very attached to their pets and are very appreciative of our involvement.

 Submitted by Unity Health Harris Medical Center Auxiliary – North Central District

 Morning Rounds – In-Hospital Service

Each morning a team of two volunteers make coffee, restocks cart (juice, crackers, magazines, coloring books, colors, etc.)  This cart is taken to the floor where not only do they offer help and assistance to the patient, but also the patients’ guests and family members.

Floor volunteers improve the patient care experience through attention to personal needs to the patient.  Duties not only include the physical needs but also the mental, offering support and comfort to an often sometime scary, unsure period in a patient’s life.

Jackson County Senior Center – Community Service

Each month volunteers plan an activity for the clients at the local senior center.  These activities vary from a “Valentine” party, electing a king and queen, to party games which include: throwing a ball in a bucket to blowing a q-tip through a straw.  Socialization, laughter and activities are ways to improve the lives of those individuals who have retired, are lonely, or just looking for other activities to fill their lives.  Our volunteers find enjoyment in bringing “peace of mind” to these individuals.

Fundraisers

Unity Health Harris auxiliary is continually trying new ways to raise money for our “Foundation”.  Book sales, ice cream socials, uniform, electronic, linens, and logo sales are just a few of the fundraising events we plan.

 Presented by Unity Health White County Medical Center Auxiliary – North Central District

Meal Prep Partners 

Over the years, privacy and infection control concerns have greatly impacted the amount of interaction between volunteers and patients.  In an effort to influence the patient experience, one of the nursing unit directors approached our auxiliary with an idea.  She wanted to offer a meal preparation service to help patients during breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Beginning June 6, 2016, the idea was tested by our Director of Volunteer Services and our Volunteer Specialist.  Once a general method was developed, volunteers were integrated in to help refine the service.  Although still in its piloting stage, the service continued to grow as more volunteers participate.  This has been an opportunity of service for students needing volunteer hours to complete various health education programs.  The service only requires an hour or so to complete, which allows volunteers that are working in other department to add this duty to their existing shift.  The volunteers have found the patient interaction very rewarding.  The service consists of the following:

30 to 45 minutes prior to meal times, the volunteer visits with the Charge Nurse and notes which patient rooms are available for Meal Prep Service.  Patients that are under food restrictions or isolation precautions are omitted and ineligible for service.

Upon introduction, a warm wash cloth is offered to patients to wipe their face and hands in preparation for their meal.  The patients are refreshed and appreciative.

Volunteers offer to tidy the bedside tray table.  This is helpful to the dietary department when delivering meal trays to patients.  When the table is not available for use, dietary hostesses are left in a quandary of where to place the tray.  When the hostess is able to utilize a clean tray table, the patient is able to begin eating immediately.  Patients are satisfied when they eat their meal while it is warm and drink their tea when it is cold.

The volunteer offers to get fresh ice water or communicate patient needs to the Charge Nurse.

Before exiting the patient room, volunteers offer to return to cut up food, open drink containers, butter bread or any other help that can be rendered.

If requested, the volunteer returns to the room after the trays have been delivered.  Patients that make this request usually have arm or hand injuries, arthritis, blindness or are just too weak and can’t manage to open condiment packaging or cut their own food.  If a patient needs help eating, the volunteer informs the Charge Nurse for assistance.

The benefits of this service are not only felt by the dietary department.  The nurses and aides on the unit are freed from tasks such as drink and ice requests.  They are able to tend to the needs of patients who require immediate attention or need to be fed.  Most importantly, the benefit of this service is felt by the patient.  The additional attention and communication with patients and family members results in positive outcomes.

Meal Prep Service is still in a growth period at Unity Health WCMC.  At this time, we have ten volunteers assisting with various meal times.  We have lots of opportunities for medical students returning in the fall.

Submitted by Unity Health White County Medical Center Auxiliary – North Central District

 Special Olympics Sun Health Awareness

The Special Olympics Arkansas Summer Games are held at Harding University in Searcy each year.  This year, Unity Health White County Medical Center Auxiliary was approached to participate in the Health Promotions portion of the event.  Athletes were encouraged to visit the multiple health education areas set up in the gym to learn about healthy lifestyle choices.  Our auxiliary chose to educate athletes on proper sun protection.  Each athlete was asked a trivia question such as, “Can you get sunburned on a cloudy day?”  Several answered correctly, but most were surprised that the answer is “yes”.  They were elated to learn something new and to receive educational materials on how to take better care of their skin and eyes.  Special Olympics provided our booth with a sunscreen dispenser for athlete and caretaker use.  Although our volunteers found much gratification in providing information – helping athletes properly apply sunscreen was by far the most rewarding!  Our volunteers made is fun for the athletes, while also demonstrating patience, encouragement and kindness to each participant.  The love and care shown was absolutely absorbed by the athletes of all ages.  May 26, 2017 was the beginning of a new community service for our auxiliary.  We look forward to next year’s event and hope to expand our involvement.  The seven volunteers that participated this year, left the event with a full heart and humble spirit.

 Submitted by White River Medical Center Auxiliary – North Central District

 WRMC Auxiliary has started placing volunteers in the Emergency Room.  The volunteers in this area range from pre-med students to retired nurses.  They volunteer their time to assist in helping patients and their families with different needs while they are in the emergency room.

They provide refreshments, phone chargers, warm blankets, etc.  It is a stressful time for these patients and their family members.  Our volunteers are not only providing these items, but offering an encouraging smile and heartfelt comfort during their stay.

As we all know, a positive patient experience is most essential for the hospital and our community.

 Submitted by NEA Baptist Auxiliary – Jonesboro – Northeast District

 Thought Buckets

After seeing many inspirational word boxes and signs offered by vendors at the Las Vegas Furniture and Gift Market in July of 2016, Faye Haney, an Auxiliary member and gift shop buyer thought it would be nice for a hospital with 228 beds to have one of these in each patient’s room.  The cost was not feasible, so another plan was developed.  Why not have auxiliary members submit their favorite scripture, thought for the day, quip of famous saying and print them on paper to be available to patients or family members.  In September, 2016, after gathering suggestions for several weeks, Faye typed and printed them on brightly colored paper and cut them into slips.  Large, clear plastic candy containers holding close to 100 scriptures and sayings, were placed in the family waiting areas of the hospital and the Fowler Cancer Center.  A sign posted on each container recognized the NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as the provider of this service.  Two of our auxiliary members are responsible for maintaining this program and ensuring all containers are kept filled.  During the summer, four of our junior volunteers help with the cutting and folding of the slips of papers.

The positive feedback has been overwhelming!  Not surprising, the “Thought Buckets” in the ICU waiting room and the Fowler Cancer Center need replenished more often than others.  Family members have expressed their appreciation for “just the right encouragement when they needed it most”.  Some of the nurses on our rehab floor started using the slips as a way to start a patient’s day…to get them to talk about the meaning or make them smile before a potential grueling rehab session.  One of the rehab nurses said family members of an elderly gentlemen being transferred from the hospital to a nursing home said he would miss those daily thoughts as he always looked forward to getting one.  As a result, Faye took a special bucket of thoughts to the gentleman at his nursing home.  He wasn’t able to speak, but his tears spoke volumes as he was presented with his own personal “Thought Bucket”.  In May 2017, NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital’s CEO Brad Parsons honored Faye with a Service First Award in recognition of her

selfless act of kindness and compassion and for touching the hearts of so many people with the creation of this service.

The “Thought Budget” remains an ongoing service to our hospital.  New thoughts, scriptures, and even some jokes are added periodically along with the originals.  Scriptures are sometime found with patient’s names or prayer requests written on the back and left at the prayer cross in the lobby of the hospital.

The “Thought Bucket” is an inspirational service that brings comfort to worried family members and patients alike.  These timely messages provide hope for those searching for answers and peace.

 Submitted by Arkansas Methodist Medical Center Auxiliary – Northeast District

 Warm Socks for Warm Soles

 Our fundraiser didn’t raise “Cash Funds”, but it did warm many soles this winter.  Because everyone needs clean, warm socks, our Auxiliary sponsored a “Warm Socks for Warm Soles” sock drive to benefit children entering the Greene County Foster Care Program.  Lana Smoker was coordinator of this event.  A large collection box was decorated and placed in the hospital Gift Shop from November 20 to December 15.  Auxilians, hospital employees and community members were encouraged to donate socks for children of all ages.  We had a successful event, collecting over 500 pair of socks.  The socks were presented to a DHS Family Service Worker at our December Christmas Tea.

This sock fundraiser could also be used to benefit local homeless shelters, schools or any organization that helps the needy.

 Submitted by NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – Jonesboro – Northeast District

 Baby’s First Bible

 During a monthly Auxiliary meeting in July, 2017, Kathy Gibson, the Auxiliary president, presented a challenge to the group regarding the Labor and Delivery Unit.  She wanted the group to think about a gift item from the Auxiliary that could be sent home with each baby born in our hospital.  Over the next few months suggestions were presented and ideas were pursued but nothing really fit.  A onesie was suggested, but that was thought of as “predictable”.  We wanted something unique.  The idea of a baby spoon was tossed around and investigated but cost was a concern.    Any idea we came up with needed to have the NEA Baptist Auxiliary name on it and inscribing a spoon came at a high cost.  It was around that time when Pastor Steve Tipton, an in-house NEA Baptist Hospital chaplain, approached Kathy with an idea.  He told her of a visit he’d made to the Labor and Delivery Unit in a hospital in Tennessee.  While there, he found that every baby born in that hospital was sent home with a “Baby’s First Bible”.  He thought the concept fascinating because such a simple act had the potential to have a far-reaching, life changing result.  Baby’s First Bible, like a mustard seed, has the potential to take root, grow and maybe to lead an entire family to the loving grace of Christ.  Matthew 28:19-20 directs Christians to “make disciples of all nations”.  What better place to start than with a new born child?

Armed with this request, Kathy asked Pastor Steve to present his suggestion at October’s monthly Auxiliary meeting.  The idea was overwhelmingly well received with some wanting an immediate vote for approval.  But the vote was tabled for the next meeting pending research into costs associated with this purchase.  In November, Donna Barker, the Auxiliary treasurer, reported that the bulk rate cost per Bible would be $3.50 each.  A motion was made to establish this program and purchase the Bibles.  The motion was seconded and carried with an unanimous

“Yes” from every Auxiliary member present that day.  A total of 600 blue and pink Bibles were ordered.  Once the Bibles arrived, a crew of 6 Auxiliary volunteers helped place gold stickers in each book that read “A Gift of Love from the NEA Baptist Auxiliary”.  The books were delivered to the Labor and Delivery Unit and Bibles started going home with babies and families in January 2018.

With this in-hospital service, the Auxiliary helped its hospital fulfill the “preaching” tenant of the Baptist Memorial Health Care mission statement:  “In keeping with the three-fold ministry of Christ – Healing, Preaching and Teaching – Baptist Memorial Health Care is committed to providing quality health care.”

If only one baby Bible leads a child, a sibling or an entire family to Salvation, it was money well spent.  The NEA Baptist Auxiliary….proudly planting seeds for His glory.

 

Submitted by NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – Jonesboro – Northeast District

 Your Dollar Matters Program

 “Your Dollar Matters”, is the title of a fundraising program used within the NEA Baptist Auxiliary Gift Shop.  This innovative program has given our auxiliary the power to not only charitably assist 12 different 501c3 organizations a year, it affords us the opportunity to widen our own impact in our community and greater Northeast Arkansas.  The “Your Dollar Matters” program is a simple and easy way for our auxiliary to accomplish this goal.

There are 3 key elements in the implementation of this plan; Auxiliary Gift Shop, volunteers, and our Point of Sale (POS) system.  Given the fact that our hospital has 228 licensed beds, we maintain a pretty successful gift shop.  Our gift shop is key to the “Your Dollar Matters” program.  It’s the same for our volunteers; each gift shop volunteer has played a vital role in the success of this program.  The final key element in the execution of this program is our gift shop’s POS register system.  Using our POS system, a unique line item number was created and entitled “Your Dollar Matters”; a $1.00 value was assigned to that number.  Next, a flyer is created with details of the charity and a request to add $1.00 to a customer’s sale total.  We place the flyer in a strategic location on the checkout counter and advertise it on our auxiliary Facebook page and Instagram account.  At check out, a gift shop volunteer asks a customer if they would like to add a dollar to their total for the “Your Dollar Matters” campaign.  We point out the displayed flyer with information regarding the charity we’re sponsoring.  If a customer agrees to add a dollar, the unique line item is selected in our POS system and the sale is completed.  At the end of the month, a report is generated within our POS system detailing how much money was donated for that month.  Our treasurer then writes a check and we present it to the sponsored charity. 

Whether a person pays with cash, credit card or hospital deduct, donated funds are 100% accounted for via the line item number in our POS system.  We also have the ability to provide a receipt for those customers that give generously and request a receipt for tax purposes (the name of the charity is also updated monthly in our POS system so it’ll appear on the receipt).  As an encouragement for customers to donate, we have a monthly drawing for an item from our gift shop.  For every dollar a person gives, we put their name in the drawing for that gift.

Again, we initiated this program in February, 2018.  The American Heart Association was our first sponsored charity.  The results were outstanding!!  As word of this program spread within our hospital and local community, each month since February has seen an increase in monthly giving.  The beauty of this program is that it has no end date.  Each month, we have the opportunity to assist a charity in our community fulfill its mission as we achieve our goals with community outreach and charitable giving.

To date we’ve raised over $700 for our various sponsored charities that include The American Heart Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Susan G. Komen Foundation and Jonesboro’s own, City Youth Ministries.  Our long-term goal is to continue our support of these and other charities that benefit our local and surrounding community.

Submitted by SMC Regional Medical Center Auxiliary – Osceola – Northeast District

 Pull Tabs and Box Top Coupons Collection

 Stephanie Smithy, Principal of the Carroll Smith Elementary School across the street from SMC Hospital, called and requested time to speak to our group of Auxilians.

Stephanie needed us to help her students with a school project.  She felt that her students would see the benefit of working with a group of “outsiders” as a positive motivation!

We started a project in 2016 to collect tabs from cans to pay for lodging at Ronald McDonald House in Memphis for families of St. Jude patients.  It has been very successful, resulting in the collection of several gallons of pull tabs.

We collect box top coupons for playground equipment, school needs, computer articles, and games for the challenged children.

All of our members participate in this project.

 

Fundraiser – Collective Goods

 We sponsor Collective Goods Sales which have books, electronics, home goods, kid’s gifts and much more!

 Submitted by Mercy Hospital Berryville Auxiliary – Northwest District

Spirit Cart

Our hardworking hospital professionals strive year round, twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, to bring compassionate high quality care to patients in our hospital.  Mercy Hospital Berryville Auxiliary (MHBA) wanted to show our appreciation year round for the dedication of the hospital staff.  Doctor’s Day, Nurses Day, Lab Tech Day, and other department specific days do allow you to recognize these vital health care professionals individually.  Yet, their job is year round.  Their stress is year round.  These dedicated individuals have chosen a career that is both rewarding and challenging, year round.

Our new president is a retired hospital employee, who knew firsthand the emotional roller coaster employees could experience throughout the hospital, all year round.  MHBA wanted to boost hospital employee spirits and moral YEAR ROUND.  Human resources was contacted within our hospital to request our participation in the SPIRIT CART.  Once a quarter, year round, a cart loaded with goodies makes it rounds throughout every department in the hospital.  We deliver tasty treats (forget the calories just once) and a dose of spiritual uplifting.  Everyone is told how much their dedication is valued, we lift spirits!  Since the hospital is open twenty four hours a day, we do two rounds.  Once at 2 PM and repeat at 7 pm to make sure both shifts are acknowledged.  Also, our physical therapy department is off site, so we take the treats to them off site!

The SPIRIT CART program is just a unique uplifting way for MHBA to let all employees know, year round, we appreciate their dedication.  We usually have two volunteers participate in the SPIRIT CART.  Off site physical therapy is usually done by former patients, just because we want to see these friendly people and say thanks again!

Treats can be easy or more complex, depending on your volunteers’ available

 

time.  Candy bars, or other seasonal favorites are appreciated, and can be quickly purchased.  Homemade treats can also be included.  I am thinking ahead to October and warm apple cider with pumpkin bread!!

Employees look forward to SPIRIT CART day.  Health care is a twenty four hour a day seven days a week, year round profession.  We want these hard working dedicated individuals to know their contributions are recognized year round.  We want to, as a former AHAA President once said “bring a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day”.  I think we at MHBA accomplished that goal.

 Submitted by Mercy Hospital Berryville Auxiliary – Northwest District

 Critters for Children

 The emergency room of any hospital can be a scary place.  The bright florescent lights that greet you upon arrival, automatically make your senses heightened.  Followed by the familiar clean sanitizing smell.  The sounds of machines beeping, other patient’s worried tones.  A person usually enters the hospital emergency department in pain, sick, and worried, if not scared.  And that’s just an adult’s viewpoint.  Imagine if you are a child, multiply these senses by ten and we might understand the depth of a child’s unease.  And not just in the emergency department, but the lab, and even if admitted to the hospital.  Face it, the things that are researched and developed to make our children get better, are SCARY!  One volunteer came up with a unique idea.  CRITTERS!  Soft cuddly little stuffed animals for children to pet and stroke while at the hospital.  The soft toys offer comfort to children in a strange, and often scary environment.  These toys are either donated by individuals, or put aside at the Thrift Store.  They are later washed, and individually bagged with a tag identifying MHBA as the organization making them available.

We don’t just make them available at the emergency room.  These critters are made available as needed in the Lab, Radiology, and patient floor.  Currently one individual is credited with the program’s success.  However more individuals can participate as needed.  We have had feedback from parents regarding the comfort this program has provided.  It allows children to focus on the warmth and softness of the toy rather than the harsh lights and mechanical noises associated with a hospital.  In the lab, the animals offer a comfortable item to squeeze during lab draws.  In radiology, they are something small and easily held in a room with big whirling machines.  This program can be modified as needed and such a service for our smallest patients.

Submitted by Mercy Hospital Berryville Auxiliary – Northwest District

 Christmas Parade

 Mercy Hospital Berryville Auxiliary (MHBA) Thrift Store is located in Green Forest.  Throughout the year, we receive an overwhelming number of small stuffed toy donations.  We wanted to do something constructive with these donations, rather than sell them individually for five or ten cents.  We also wanted to inform the community about MHBA and how they can join to benefit their hospital and community.  Active volunteers are always needed!

We decided to do a float in the community Christmas Parade!  We contacted the local Chamber of Commerce individual to register.  Using items found mostly in the Thrift Store, a group of four individuals meet and designed the float.  We then asked for volunteers to participate.  Either by riding in the float, or walking beside it handing out toys to all the children.  We had 4 volunteers riding in the float and 7 walking alongside the float.  For the adults along the parade route, a card was handed out with brief information about MHBA and contact information to join!  Since the Berryville Christmas Parade was the same evening, we participated in both parades.  Green Forest (where the thrift store is located) and Berryville (where the hospital is located).  In Berryville we again passed out information cards about MHBA and candy to the children.

Our participation in these parades brought smiles to children and information to adults.  It also was a productive way to use those many bags of small stuffed toys!

 Submitted by Siloam Springs Hospital Auxiliary – Northwest District

Program #1

1.  Our hospital had a shortage of wheel chairs.

2.  Making wheel chairs always available when needed.

3.  I brought the need to the attention of the board members.  After determining

      the chairs were very much needed, we presented to the general membership

      for a vote.  It passed with a unanimous vote.

4.  The extra wheel chairs make transitioning of patients run more efficient.

5.  All volunteers working at the information desk are involved in all aspects on a

      daily basis.

6.  We achieved and exceeded our goals.  They are now available as needed.

7.  The program is not unique as all hospitals need wheel chairs, however, it was

      innovative in that we saw the need and filled the need.

Program #2

1.  Homebound people were being denied meals due to the lack of funds of

      “Meals on Wheels”.

2.  To provide funds to meals on wheels so all requests could be fulfilled.

3.  The need was presented to the board.  The board determined the guidelines

      and amount to be given to meals on wheels.  The director of the Senior

      Activities Center made a presentation to the Auxiliary and it was voted on

      and overwhelmingly accepted.

 4.  All senior shut-ins of the community receive the benefit.  Meals on Wheels no

      longer has a waiting list.

5.  All volunteers in our organization participate in this program.

6.  Yes, we achieved our goal.  And we exceeded our goals because many others

      in the community came forward to help Meals on Wheels after they saw our

      Auxiliary’s picture in the newspaper and saw the need.

7.  It is both unique and innovative because it went above what was needed and

      expected.

 Past President, Annis Cripps

 Submitted by Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – Monticello – Southeast District

 Thank You Cards

Drew Memorial Hospital is making every effort to better serve our community and surrounding areas by connecting and communicating in every way possible.  Our auxiliary began writing personal thank you cards to our patients after they were discharged from the hospital in 2016.  The cards and envelopes are hand written, and we thank each recipient for choosing Drew Memorial for their healthcare needs.  The cards also serve an important service for the hospital.

We inform the patients that they may receive a phone survey from NRC Picker.  We encourage them to take the survey to tell about their experience at the hospital.  This is the National Research Corporation that conducts the hospital surveys.  Before we sent the card to our patients, many of them did not respond to the survey because they did not recognize this company or the phone number when they received a call.  Because the participation of the patients has increased, Drew Memorial was selected to receive the Excellence Awards as the most improved in the category of small hospitals in March 2016 when we started this project.  This award is based on achievement within categories that patients have identified as being the most important to the quality of their care.

The hospital continues to have one of the highest increase in patients responding and rating us 9 or 10 with 10 being the highest.  We feel the information in the cards make them aware of the survey and urging them to respond had a major impact for receiving the award.  We also include a business card of the Administration Assistant with the name and number so they can talk to her if they chose to speak with someone from the hospital.

We have received numerous comments from our community about the hospital valuing their opinion.  All our members are willing to help write the cards and envelopes each week.  Some of our members that cannot come to the hospital each week write the thank you cards at home so they can be involved in our services.  The hospital furnishes the thank you cards, envelopes, postage and

 business cards.  We have 49 beds in our hospital, and we average sending more than 35 cards a week. 

One of the best things about this project is being in the community or an event and you hear someone say, “I got a personal thank you from Drew Memorial Hospital today.  I was so impressed”.  We plan to continue this project and we believe it has been a great service to our patients, hospital and communities.

 Submitted by Bradley County Medical Center Auxiliary – Warren – Southeast District

 Five Ways to Make a “Healthy Kid”

Materials need for this program:  Poster boards, Novel – “Sit and Reach Box”, healthy snacks (hand made by sponsors, recipe included).

Our program began when a grandson of one of the auxiliary members started having problems with an impacted colon.  He is not active, does not eat healthy and does not live a healthy life style.

The member began to wonder how many more children were in the same condition.  After researching what makes a healthy kid, we developed our program, “How to make a healthy kid”.

The program included exercise, healthy eating, and a test of the child’s flexibility compared to other people in their age group.  This program also works for adults.

We tested our program at the Bradley County Health Fair on Saturday, April 21, 2018.  Twenty four kids and twenty adults participated.  We talked to the individuals that came by and explained how our program worked.  Two volunteers helped that day.  One explained the posters and did the exercise and stretching test.  The other volunteer recorded the results and told the participant their percentage compared to the other participants in their age group.  Each participant did one minute of jumping jacks and took the stretching test afterward.  A healthy energy snack make by the volunteers was provided with the recipe attached.

The program is innovative in different aspects.  It reaches adults and children at the same time.  Instructions are given on how to exercise properly, to stretch, and to eat healthy.  A poster advises that “Parents have to set the example” by exercising with their children and by teaching them how to make the healthy energy snack.

Plans are being made to take the program to a school and with permission from the administration and physical education teacher, test the health of a grade level of children.  For your information, 25% of the children tested at the health fair could not perform at their age level.  The adults only had one person that performed at their age level.

The Novel “Sit and Reach” box can be borrowed from gyms, Y.M.C.A.’s and other health organizations.

Recipe for Healthy Snack:

1 cup dry oatmeal, 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes, ½ cup peanut butter, ½ cup ground flax seed, ½ cup chocolate chips (optional), 1/3 cup honey or agave nectar, 1 tsp. vanilla extract.  Mix together and chill.  Roll into small balls, store in airtight container, keep refrigerated – good for 1 week.

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Presented by Ashely County Medical Center Auxiliary – Crossett – Southeast District

Chemo Baskets for Patients

We began this program of bringing homemade food as we saw the need to help the patients taking chemo every week.  We hoped this would provide welcome nourishment during their treatments.  We started by checking with the chemo nurse in charge to see if there were objections.  We feel this benefits those patients so they don’t have to bring any food for themselves.  Since we are a small auxiliary there are about 15 members who provide the food.  We did achieve our goals as they are very appreciative of our efforts.

 

Submitted by Chicot Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary – Lake Village – Southeast District

 

Appreciation Committee – In Hospital Service

The purpose of the “appreciation committee” is to express to the employees of Chicot Memorial Medical Center that their hard work, loyalty and professionalism is recognized and appreciated.  This committee follows a nationally recognized Employee Appreciation Table.  This table outlines the different departments of the hospital and tells when each department is to be honored throughout the year.

The committee recognizes the employees of each department during their special week by presenting them with attractive containers decorated with auxiliary colors, and packed with homemade baked goods, such as homemade bread, cookies, brownies, muffins, candy, and sweet & salty snacks.  An appreciation  card is also tucked into each container or box.  If a department includes more than 20 employees, the auxiliary sets up a beautiful buffet table using special linens and flowers.  The table is loaded with fancy party foods for the enjoyment of the employees.

The “appreciation committee” is made up of eleven volunteer CMA members who enjoy baking.  Throughout the year this committee will bake for approximately 25 different departments with more than 200 employees.  Service on this committee is hard work, time consuming, and costly, but also rewarding.  Members are able to observe the pleasure this project brings to so many of the hospital employees.  The work of the “appreciation committee” contributes to good hospital moral.

 Submitted by Delta Memorial Hospital Auxiliary – Dumas – Southeast District

 Christmas Lights – Fundraising

For several years, Christmas light cards have been sold to fund medical scholarships.  This scholarship is presented yearly to an outstanding hospital employee who is continuing their education, or a high school graduate, who is going to enter the medical field in the summer or fall.

At the October meeting, 21 members were present and 19 of them took light cards to sell for $1.00 each.  Inscribed on the card is the following information:

           A light will shine for________________, on the Delta Memorial

           Hospital Christmas Tree, Dumas, Arkansas.  Proceeds will go to fund

           scholarships in the medical field.

Should an auxilian need more cards to sell, the cards were available at the gift shop.  Some members sold as many as 200 cards this year.  The revenue was turned in at the January meeting.  A total of $2,009.00 was raised.  Due to this great response, the auxiliary was able to award two scholarships this year, $500 for two semesters to each recipient.

Immediately following the Christmas Parade, the towns people came to the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree.  This tree had been shaped by a local tree service, who donated the fee to the scholarship funds in memory of his son.  Members of the Baptist Church sang traditional songs around the tree.  Following the lighting, the people came inside for hot chocolate, coffee, water and delicious cookies provided by auxilians.

Candidates applying for the scholarship are evaluated on GPA, community service and three character references.  The application asks candidates to specify their intended professional goal and whether they are interested in returning to Dumas to work after earning a degree.

Submitted by Jefferson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary – Pine Bluff – Southeast District

 Look Before You Lock Program

The JRMC Auxiliary decided to select this program as our focus program for 2017-2018 because we wanted to help raise the awareness of parents and caregivers of a common and ongoing problem each year with the growing number of deaths involving children from heat stroke due to being left in locked vehicles when the weather conditions are hot during the summer months.

The goal of this program for the auxiliary was to remind as many people as possible when entering the hospital for patient care or visitation, and when leaving the hospital of the importance of “Look Before You Lock” when transporting children.

The initial program roll out of “Look Before You Lock” was presented during our “Meet and Greet Reception” held January 11, 2108, to make the public aware of the importance of volunteers of the JRMC Auxiliary, their community service programs and to recruit new members who would be interested in becoming volunteers.  At this event, a permanent Standing Panel/Banner with the program’s name and logo was placed in the main lobby of the hospital.  The Rear-View Mirror Hangers for vehicles were distributed at the Front Information Desk of the hospital’s Main Lobby.  Other hangers were placed on the Pediatric Wing and the Labor and Delivery waiting room.

The second phase of the program was to seek partners in the community.  The auxiliary identified and secured 13 partnering Day Care Centers that would receive the packets and distribute information to their families, employees and use in Vans that transport the children at their centers.  The expected goal was to impact at least 500 or more families in the Pine Bluff area.

Initially, five day care center partners received packets on June 26, 2018.  The impact of this initial partnership will affect 265 families and others in the

 community.  The auxiliary will make arrangements with the additional 8 day care centers to establish time periods to drop off packets for distribution.  Based on the number of families from the first five day care partners, the anticipated number of families to be impacted by this program should surpass the initial goal of 500 families.

Also a second Standing Panel/Banner displaying the “Look Before You Lock” logo was placed in the Labor and Delivery Waiting Room on June 26, 2018.  Rear-View Mirror hangers will be placed in packets given to mother’s along with other information for child care during their dismissal when leaving the hospital.

The overall expected out-come of the auxiliary promoting this program, will be to help save lives of children by reducing the number of vehicular deaths through the practice of safety when transporting children in vehicles.  The practice of checking the back seat of the car before locking and leaving can drastically reduce the number of childhood deaths in our community and surrounding areas.

There were five volunteers and the hospital Volunteer Coordinator involved in this program. 

 Submitted by Baptist Health Medical Center – Hot Spring County Auxiliary – Malvern – Southwest District

 HELP Program in Schools

We began promoting our HELP program by taking it to the schools and demonstrating how to use the stickers and handing out information to all second grade students.

First we contact the school and set up a date and time to present the program.

We have a little presentation that consists of reading the Book of Franklin the Turtle and his helmet to the class.  Next we do a little demonstration using 2 eggs and bowls.  One bowl is filled with rocks, the other is filled with bubble wrap.  We tell the children that the bowl with bubble wrap is like wearing a helmet, we drop the egg and it stays whole.  Next we tell them the bowl with rocks is like your head not wearing the helmet and drop the egg, and of course it shatters.  The kids love this and are fascinated.

We have our information divided into 2 groups, one packet for the kids is handed out during the presentation, this packet has color sheets with a helmet and a helmet sticker for them to do whatever they choose.  The other packet is given to the teachers to send home to the parents, this is where we put our HELP information along with a letter to the parents explaining what their child was shown today.

We take a helmet with the HELP stickers applied to show them how to attach them when they get home.  We also take a new helmet and have a drawing and one lucky student receives a new helmet at the end of the program.

It takes about 30 minutes to do the presentation and we try to do this in the spring of each year.  It takes about 4 – 5 volunteers to prepare the materials and get the program ready and one volunteer to present.

 Our goal is to educate as many children as possible on the importance of wearing a helmet while they are small and hope this will become second nature as they grow into adults.

We think this is an innovative way to promote the HELP program across the state and educate many children at one time.

It is fun for the volunteers to see the kids, and it helps promote volunteering to children at an early age.

 Submitted by Magnolia Regional Medical Center Auxiliary – Southwest District

 “Back is Best” Halo Sleep Program

 This program was started in December of 2017 by our auxiliary in connection with our Labor and Delivery Department.  In October 2017 our hospital adopted the Safe Sleep Program and they asked us to be a part and to help promote safe sleep.

The program was initiated to help educate new parents about the importance of safe sleep for newborn babies.

Each quarter the Magnolia Regional Medical Center Labor and Delivery Department offers childbirth classes for our expectant mothers.  Classes cover an array of information including what to expect during their stay, the labor process, tips for newborn care, breastfeeding, etc.  The auxiliary has partnered with LDRP Department to help educate parents on the importance of safe sleep by giving a gift certificate for a Halo Sleep Sack that is presented to one attendee.  The recipient will then bring the gift certificate to the Gift Shop to pick out a Halo Sleep Sack of their choice.

The parents are very appreciative of the gift certificate to pick out a Sleep Sack and our efforts to promote Sale Sleep.

 Submitted by Ouachita County Medical Center Auxiliary – Camden – Southwest District

Fun Therapy – In Hospital Service Program

 A need was recognized when a family member came into the hospital gift shop looking for something to occupy a child who was hospitalized.  This prompted the thought that someone who was sitting with a patient, or an adult patient, might need something to occupy them also.

Our auxiliary saw this as an opportunity to be of service so we developed the “Fun Therapy” program.  We provide coloring books, crayons, picture books, pencils, and colored pencils for children and various puzzle books and pencils, for adults.  These are stored at the various nurses’ stations throughout the hospital and the nursing staff distributes them as needed.

By providing this service, we feel we are benefiting not only the patients, but those family members who are with them.  By doing this, we can help make their hospital stay a little more enjoyable and this benefits our health care organization.

Each auxiliary member is asked to donate to the supply of items for the program thereby giving each volunteer the opportunity to be involved in this program.  We do have a chair person for this program to oversee it and make sure there is a supply of items available.

Our goal was to provide a service to help make our patients’ stay in the hospital a little more enjoyable whether it is a child or an adult.  We also wanted to provide something for the family members as well.  We feel we have met our goal as this program was begun in 2008 and is still one of our active in-hospital service programs at this time.  The nursing staff has reported to us how happy it makes those when they provide these simple little items for them.

We feel this program could be implemented by any auxiliary regardless of their size.  Since most items are donated, there is very little cost to your auxiliary.

Submitted by Ouachita County Medical Center Auxiliary – Camden – Southwest District

Old Fashion Rummage Sale – Fundraising

Our auxiliary is always looking for new ways to raise money and when we heard about another auxiliary in our area who had a “Rummage Sale” we decided to try this also!

We received approval from our Administrative Department to hold the sale and needing a place large enough to hold it, we secured a date when the Green Educational Center at our hospital would be available.  Word was sent out to all our volunteers to begin going through their “stuff” at home and donating items for sale.  We then set a time for the sale and begin to advertise at the hospital and in the community.  We put an ad in our local newspaper and prepared flyers to be distributed to the nursing homes, clinics, doctor’s offices, etc. two weeks before the sale was to take place.  We also used social media and radio.  We secured volunteers to help in setting up the day before the sale and those to work during the sale and then those to help with the cleanup.  Items not sold were donated to local charities.

It was decided that proceeds from this sale would be earmarked for the mammogram screening program at our hospital, so by doing this we were benefiting the healthcare organization and also those in the community in need of this service.

About 16 volunteers were involved in the actual sale itself, but every active volunteer was able to participate by donating items for the sale.  We had a wide array of items donated; barely used purses, jewelry, small appliances, books, clothes, pictures, nik-naks, home décor, and much more!

Our goal was to raise as much money as possible for the mammogram screening program and we felt we achieved this goal by raising $969.80.  We feel this program is unique in that since everything was donated for the sale, there was very little cost involved for the auxiliary and feel this is something any auxiliary could do regardless of size.

Submitted by Ouachita County Medical Center Auxiliary – Camden – Southwest District

Pull Tabs for Ronald McDonald House – Community Service

Our auxiliary became aware of the fact that one of the major fundraising functions of the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock is selling aluminum pull tabs from drink cans which are donated by groups and organizations from all across the state.  These funds are used to help maintain the Ronald McDonald House in Little Rock which offers housing for families who have someone in Children’s Hospital.  They raise approximately $30,000 per year from selling these pull tabs.

Our auxiliary decided we would like to be a part of this worthwhile project so we contacted the Ronald McDonald House and they provided us with “collection boxes” which could be placed throughout the hospital for everyone to deposit their tabs in from their soda cans.  We also asked each volunteer to save their tabs from home and to ask friends and neighbors to save them also.  There was no expense involved and we feel any auxiliary, regardless of size, could participate in this program.

By participating in this program, we feel we are playing a part in providing a most needful service to the community and also the health care organization.  Families with a child in the hospital shouldn’t have to be worrying about “where can we stay, where can we take a shower, where can we eat, where can our other children stay?”  Instead of these worries, with the Ronald McDonald House, all they have to do is concentrate on their sick child.

Although there were only a few volunteers involved in getting the program set up, all our volunteers now participate in keeping the program going.  We even have some former volunteers who have moved away still collecting tabs for us.  They just box them up and mail them to us!

Our goal was to collect as many pull tabs as possible in order to help the Ronald McDonald House and we feel we have met or perhaps even exceeded our goal, as to date we have donated 42 gallon bags of pull tabs!

Submitted by Dallas County Medical Center Auxiliary – Fordyce – Southwest District

 “Hee-Haw” – Fundraising

A well know sorority, Beta Phi Sigma, in the Fordyce community was instrumental in helping other organizations financially by presenting the “Hee-Haw” program.  We were extended an invitation to work with them in order to generate funds for the hospital.  All proceeds generated remained with the auxiliary. 

By doing this program, we were able to generate funds, provide entertainment for the community and surrounding communities, strengthen relationships, and utilize the variety of talents we have among our elected officials, hospital personnel and residents.

Funds generated helped the auxiliary purchase needed equipment for the Emergency Room Department and many other things for the betterment of the hospital.

Approximately twelve volunteers were involved in starting and managing the program.

In sponsoring “Hee-Haw”, we achieved our goals and some years exceeded our expectations.

 Submitted by Howard Memorial Hospital – Nashville – Southwest District

The Compass Geriatric Behavioral Health Produce Garden

In March of 2016 the Compass Geriatric Behavioral Health Staff asked the CEO of the hospital if they could have a therapeutic garden area at their new facility.  They had approached the local master gardeners about building it.  The CEO requested a local landscaper to do the job and auxiliary to cover the unbudgeted expense.  There were many questions from the auxiliary about what would be in the garden, why the master gardeners could not do this for them, and is this how the auxiliary wanted to spend their money.  A staff member from Compass came to an auxiliary meeting in the spring of 2017 and shared with the group the importance of gardening.  She explained that gardening is very therapeutic for the clients.  The life lessons expressed in planting seeds or seedlings are birth, full lives, reproduction and the making of more seeds, and certain death.  The auxiliary voted to cover the cost of the garden.  The landscaper was extremely busy last year, but the 6’ x 20’ garden was installed as planned in March 2018.

Where is this story going you ask……

The fun started after the garden was built.  We knew that the staff at Compass had no gardening supplies in their budget.  This information was shared at the March auxiliary meeting with 12 members present.  The group planned a “Garden Shower” for Compass.  A flyer was printed and an invitation sent to every employee of the hospital.  The invitation included a list of suggested garden supply items.  The shower gifts were dropped off at the hospital gift shop starting on Monday March 26th.  The auxiliary gave the staff an outdoor metal wagon to keep their supplies in.  The gifts were placed in the wagon and delivered to Compass on Friday March 30th , just in time for the planting season to begin.

The garden has been a great success according to the staff.  Not only for the therapeutic teaching moments, but also for the fresh vegetables that can be given to the clients of Compass.  Many of the clients can’t wait to get their hands in the dirt.  And, it is so much more fun than growing seeds in a Styrofoam cup!

 Submitted by Johnson Regional Medical Center Auxiliary – Clarksville – Valley 

Collecting Items for Displaced Children

What prompted the program?  Laura came to the spring district meeting.  She explained the program she was doing for children that are taken from their homes in the middle of the night during a drug bust and need somewhere to go while waiting to be placed in a foster home.

What were the goals and expectation for the program?  These children are from Johnson County and all surrounding counties and in the past they have been sent as far away as Fayetteville.  They usually have nothing and need many things including just to be loved on a little bit.

How did we go about initiating the program?  First we talked with the board members.  Then talked with some of the other members to make sure they were behind it.  Then we decorated drop off boxes and located them in every department and both lobbies of the hospital so that anyone could drop off socks, underwear, diapers, etc. and we called it the “Sock it to Me” program.

How does the program benefit the service recipients?  They receive new socks, underwear and for the infants, diapers as well as socks.

How many volunteers were involved in starting the program?  Ten volunteers were instrumental in getting the program started.

Did you achieve or exceed your goals for the program?  Yes, we are very happy to report that we have a load ready to deliver and still collecting items.

We feel this program is unique because as far as we know, this is the first program of its kind ever done by our auxiliary.

 Submitted by Sparks Medical Center Auxiliary – Van Buren – Valley District

AARP Driving Safety

What prompted the program?

Norma Shults, our Director of Volunteer Services, had heard about the program and persons in the community had showed an interest by asking about the program.

What were the goals and/or expectations of the program?

It was a hospital sponsored program so it would attract more people into the hospital.  It will increase safety for those elderly persons who are still driving.  Offering the course at the hospital is a good marketing tool for the hospital.

How did you go about initiating the program?

Norma Shults, our DVS, called the AARP District Representative, Horace Smith, and let him know of the hospital’s interest in starting this program.

How does the program benefit the service recipients, the health care organization and/or the community?

Persons who attend one of these classes will extend their driving ability and make them safer drivers.  When the hospital participates as a host it deeply engages members of your community at your facility.  It positions your organization as a leader in driver safety education.  It delivers an award-winning turn-key program. It creates community goodwill for your organization and provides a valuable service to members of your organization.

How many volunteers were involved in starting and/or maintaining the program?

Probably two or three volunteers initially.

  AARP Driving Safety Program - Continued

 Did you achieve or exceed your goals for the program?

The goals for this program have been achieved and exceeded just by the number of participants attending each session.

Is the program unique and/or innovative?

The program is unique in that it involves the elderly population and according to statistics, there are more persons over 65 years driving than ever before.  This is an innovative program that can be duplicated anywhere across the state of Arkansas.

How can this program be duplicated across the state of Arkansas?

There are AARP District Representatives across the state of Arkansas.  Usually one in every county; although Horace Smith is responsible for eight counties.  All one has to do is to call their District Representative and let them know of their interest in starting one of these programs at their hospital.

You may also call 1-888-227-7669 and leave a message, or email drive@aarp.org.  You can also fill out an online host interest form at www.aarp.org/driversafetyhost

To learn more about the AARP Driver Safety programs, visit www.aarp.org/drive.

 

 

  

This Program was submitted without any Auxiliary name or Hospital name, therefore we don’t know which District it is from, but we still wanted to share it with you!

 Maternal Child

Maternal Child is an in-hospital program in our Labor and Delivery Unit that was prompted by our mothers getting hungry in the middle of the night.  The kitchen was closed and the vending machines were a good distance away.

We ordered small boxes and stamped them with cute baby stamps; a rubber duck, a pacifier, a rattle, etc.  Then we bought snacks like peanut butter crackers, gold fish crackers, miniature candy bars, small bags of cookies, and fruit snacks.  It will vary according to what we can find, but we always put five snacks in it.  This way when our mothers are hungry in the middle of the night, they have a box of snacks from which they can pick.

We averaged the cost of Maternal Child one day and it was $2.36 per mother.  This is an inexpensive project and the mothers are happy, not hungry, and the nurses are not roaming the halls looking for snacks for the mothers.

 

  POP-UPS:

YACKER TRACKER

Where is the noisiest area in your hospital?  The Yacker Tracker Noise Level Monitor makes it easy for you to control the level of noise in the room.  It’s shaped like a traffic light, with green, yellow and red lights that let guests know if things get too loud.  An adjustable knob lets you set the room noise detector to the maximum decibels that you choose to allow the guests to speak.

The bright lights are visible from a distance so guests can immediately tell if they’re being disruptive.  It also has an audio alarm that sounds to alert guests who aren’t paying attention.  This unit is easy to operate and set up so you can start using it right away.

Available on line at Wal-Mart, Amazon, School Specialty, and Really Good Stuff and the cost ranges from $95.00 - $159.00.

 CART DRIVERS GO THE EXTRA MILE

The Cart Drivers at Baxter Regional Medical Center Auxiliary “TRY” to scan license plates of cars on the parking lot as they pick up and drop off guests.  If they notice any expired tags on the license plates, they leave a nice note on the windshield to alert the driver. 

 PENNIES ARE PRICELESS (OR) COINS FOR CASH

This Program is covered in an entry submitted by Baptist Health Medical Center – North Little Rock – Metro District, which has already been explained.

 FUN THERAPY

This Program is covered in an entry submitted by Ouachita County Medical Center, Camden – Southwest District, which has already been explained.

 RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE CHARITIES – PULL TABS

This Program is covered in an entry submitted by Ouachita County Medical Center, Camden – Southwest District, and has already been explained.

 WHEEL CHAIR ADVERTISEMENT

CHI St. Vincent – Hot Springs’ Auxiliary advertises on the back of the wheel chairs which they have provided for the hospital.  They have printed on the back “Enjoy the Ride  -  Courtesy of Hot Springs Volunteers”. 

Some nice features of these wheel chairs are that they come with a pole attached, bolted feet rest which are not easily removed, and best of all a “Tracker” which means the chair can be located anywhere in the hospital.  No more lost chairs!!